High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence

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Lennart Båge
President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Mr. Lennart Båge from Sweden was elected President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in 2001 and again in 2005. He also served as Chairman of the Governing Council of IFAD and Co-Chairman of the High Level Special Committee on Resource Requirements and Related Governance Issues. He joined IFAD with nearly 25 years of experience in international development, and longstanding, active involvement in the United Nations system and multilateral finance institutions. He previously served as Head of the Department for International Development Cooperation in Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Båge, who has rank of Ambassador in the Foreign Ministry, also served as Sweden’s Deputy for the International Development Association, and as Alternate Governor for the Asian, African and Inter-American Development Banks and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the African Capacity Building Foundation. In 2002, Mr. Kofi Annan designated Mr. Båge as chairman of the High-Level Committee on Programmes. Throughout his career, Mr. Båge has focused on the issues of poverty reduction, rural development, economic and social reform, capacity building, environmental management, and gender. Mr. Båge has an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

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